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August 9, 2018

Ducks In Sugar House Park

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(385) 468-1800

SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake County is grateful to our community that cares so much about our parks and the animals that live in them.  Avian botulism naturally occurs in low depth, slow moving bodies of water during hot temperatures and Salt Lake County is extremely concerned about this issue at Sugar House Park.  Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation has requested the assistance of Animal Services in handling any deceased and distressed ducks at the pond.  

Salt Lake County is actively taking major steps to prevent waterfowl from suffering in this highly utilized park.  By removing any deceased or distressed ducks, disease spread should be minimized.

Animal Services will attempt to remove healthy ducks and is seeking qualified avian rescues to help shelter any healthy birds.  As a wild bird, these ducks are not traditionally managed by Animal Control and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Parks and Recreation will be dredging the pond in the coming weeks.  This will improve water quality and minimize botulism outbreaks until a permanent solution can be found.  In the interim Parks and Recreation is seeking any aeration companies that would be willing to donate their expertise and equipment.    

Sugar House Park is a valued landmark in our community and Salt Lake County truly cares about the health and welfare of every living thing that enjoys this park.  

For questions, contact Parks & Rec at (385) 468-1800.